Ask an expert

15 Mar 2007

Quads feels like lead
Is there anything I can do or drink to stop my legs becoming like lead, especialy my quads after I have done about 14 to 18 Km's of running. It's very irretating esspesaily when in a race, my heart rate is still ok at the time and I do not feel all that exausted, my resting heart rate is 48bpm, tested my self.
Answer 403 views

01 Jan 0001

Hi Evert

It's just a training effect. You just have to train to develop the necessary strength to race as you are currently doing. So that means perhaps setting aside a day a week to work on your hill running ability - if you can find a moderate hill about 300 m long, it would be ideal, because that's between 60 and 90 seconds of running, depending on your speed. If you run up that pretty fast, and then jog very slowly down, maybe 6 to 10 times, you'll start to notiice the difference with your legs becoming much stronger. Then hopefully in the race situation, when you are going much less quickly, your added strength will start to pay off.

Good luck
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
34% - 9249 votes
66% - 17775 votes